CAIRO: Dozens of policemen and security personnel at Zagazig police station staged protest Monday demanding the reinstatement of their chief investigation officer who was moved to the Criminal Investigation Department, Youm7 reported.
Security Directorate of Egypt’s Delta governorate of Sharqia has announced Monday a limited reshuffle covering five chief investigation officers including that of Zagazig police station.
The protesters closed the doors of the police station and prevented the senior officer from leaving his office hours after the announcement.
According to Youm7, a feeling of resentment has also prevailed among other policemen involved in the reshuffle. They blamed the security authorities for “not appreciating their work during the past three years of deteriorating security conditions.”
The 2011 uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak has caused an unprecedented security lapse across the country.
Egypt also has been struggling to crush militant attacks that have been on the rise since the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.
Egyptian interior ministry was harshly criticized by rights groups over some violent practices against civilians, especially under Mubark’s regime. However, a cabinet poll, announced last week, showed that 71 percent of Egyptians believe that the police are positively interacting with citizens under President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s rule.